J. O'Sullivan and G. J Barclay, eds., (2001). Proceedings of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland 131. Edinburgh: Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

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Jerry O'Sullivan
Gordon J Barclay
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01 Mar 2004
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Nadia Graham
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W D H Sellar
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Donald E Meek
23 - 39
David J Breeze
41 - 55
Account of the life and work of a pioneer in the preservation and restoration of ancient monuments.
Ann MacSween
Stephen P Carter
Gordon J Barclay
Magnar Dalland
Mhairi Hastie
Caroline R Wickham-Jones
Timothy G Holden
57 - 85
Account of the discovery and excavation of a site comprising a scatter of pits or post-holes, including a rectangular arrangement of post-holes interpreted as a timber building. Pottery, worked stone and carbonized crop plants were recovered and the site is interpreted as a relatively short-lived agricultural settlement. Radiocarbon dating suggests an occupation date of between 3,500 and 2,920 cal BC. The report discusses the wider issues of the dating of Scottish Late Neolithic Impressed Ware and its relationship to other styles of pottery, the use of flint in Neolithic Scotland and the nature of settlement in the Neolithic. Includes sections on: Fieldwork at Kinbeachie (briefly describes the initial investigations, evaluation, excavation and analysis of the results), Dating, Pottery, Carbonized plant remains (including a large proportion of cereal crops (barley and emmer wheat) and other economic species), Worked stone (analysis of fifty pieces of worked stone, including a small polished axehead), Interpretation of the site at Kinbeachie (discusses the date and duration of activity, the nature and function of the site, and the local Neolithic context), Wider implications of the site: Scottish Neolithic Impressed Wares, Wider implications of the site: the use of flint
Alison Sheridan
Timothy G Holden
87 - 100
A concentration of archaeological features identified and excavated at the quarry included three short cists, one containing a cannel coal and jet disc-bead necklace and another a poorly-preserved skeleton and a Food Vessel. Finds appeared to be from the Early Bronze Age but a radiocarbon date from the skeletal material gave a later date of c. 2845 BP. Other finds included two parallel ditches associated with an area of packed gravel and cobbles which could represent a degraded section of the Roman road known to run close to the site. Includes sections on: The disc-bead necklace from Cist 1; The food vessel from Cist 3.
Ian A G Shepherd
Alexandra N Shepherd
101 - 128
Report on the discovery of a large Cordoned Urn containing the cremated remains of an adult female and a neonate or foetal infant. The urn also contained twenty-two mostly fragmentary segmented beads and one star-shaped bead, all faience. The urn had been inverted in a pit and pyre debris placed over the upper fill of the pit. This deposit contained a further two faience beads, one star-shaped and incomplete, the other quoit-shaped, and a small chunk of flint. The urn and beads are similar to those found on Culbin Sands nearby during the nineteenth century. Charcoal from the pyre debris was radiocarbon dated to c.3410 BP. Includes sections on: The cremated bone; Faience; Appendix: analysis of the blue staining on bone.
Andrew Heald
Adam Jackson
129 - 147
Re-investigation of the nineteenth-century excavations by Sir Francis Tress Barry has initiated a study of three Iron Age roundhouse complexes at Keiss, Caithness. The paper presents the key findings and uses a series of scenarios to explain the observed patterns. The importance of Caithness to understandings of Iron Age Scotland is emphasized and future objectives highlighted.
David J Woolliscroft
Birgitta Hoffmann
149 - 166
Report of an excavation and geophysical survey conducted by the Roman Gask Project on a rectangular enclosure beside the Roman road. The site had been thought to be a possible Roman fortlet but, although it yielded only Roman dating material, it did not appear to be military in nature. Includes sections on: The samian ware; The flints; The iron agricultural implements from Trench 8.
Fraser Hunter
Nicholas M McQ Holmes
167 - 176
Three clay moulds for making cast counterfeits of third-century coins are discussed in terms of their relationship to items of similar type found elsewhere and of their possible significance in a Scottish context. Includes an appendix on third-century artefacts from non-Roman contexts in Scotland.
Richard A Gregory
177 - 222
Between 1984 and 1990 the late G D B Jones and C M Daniels undertook excavation at four large rectilinear cropmark sites at Easter Galcantray (Nairnshire), Thomshill and Balnageith (Morayshire) and Boyndie (Banffshire). This work successfully identified discrete phases of activity dating from the Neolithic through to historic times. The excavators believed that the rectilinear enclosures had been Roman military fortifications linked to the Agricolan advance into north-eastern Scotland. The paper documents the evidence acquired through this fieldwork, and attempts to present and assess the interpretation which the excavators placed on their discoveries.
Lloyd R Laing
223 - 239
The widely accepted eighth-century dating for the Pictish relief-decorated cross-slabs known as Glamis 2 and Glamis 1 is reviewed, and an alternative ninth-century date advanced for both monuments. It is suggested that the carving on front and back of Glamis 2 was contemporaneous, and that both monuments belong to the Aberlemno School.
Barri D B Jones
Richard A Gregory
241 - 266
Report on the trial excavation between 1991 and 1993 of a cropmark enclosure. Excavation revealed three possible phases of activity. These include possible Mesolithic activity; a probable unenclosed phase of settlement dating to the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age; and finally a phase of enclosure which may be associated with the formation of a substantial settlement dating to the middle centuries of the first millennium AD. Includes sections on: Pottery; Appendix: pottery catalogue (by SF no).
David H Caldwell
267 - 282
Colin Moloney
283 - 317
Report of an excavation in 1998 on the site previously occupied by the former lock house of a military barracks. A sequence of deposits was identified reflecting around 2,000 years of human influence. The earliest feature identified was a large ditch which may have formed part of the defences/enclosure system of the promontory fort previously identified at Castle Park. A rectangular building, probably contemporary with the Anglian occupation of the area, was built over the top of the ditch. Between the ninth and eleventh centuries AD the site was used as a cemetery. A midden above the cemetery and below the foundations of the military barracks contained a substantial quantity of elephant ivory off-cuts in deposits dating to the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. Includes sections on: Human bone (including an analysis of demographic characteristics, stature and body build, health and disease); The finds (including bone objects, copper alloy objects and pottery); The charred plant remains; The ivory.
Naomi Tarrant
319 - 326
A woollen doublet found on a virtually complete skeleton was unearthed in peat cutting at Clayton Hill, Keiss, in 1975, and proved to belong to a young man of about 17. The doublet is a rare example of clothing for a person belonging to a less wealthy stratum of society.
Athol L Murray
327 - 348
George Thomson
349 - 373
A study of lettering on pre-1855 Scottish tombstones was made to investigate patterns of geographical and temporal variation. A sample of 132 mainland kirkyard sites was surveyed and data analysed. The results demonstrate clear trends in the interpretation of inscriptional lettering by masons suggesting strong cultural affinities between geographically adjacent sites. Includes Appendix: List of sites surveyed by region.
R Hill
375 - 420
David B Smith
421 - 429
Jerry O'Sullivan
Mike Parker-Pearson
431 - 436
Summaries include: Preparing for the afterlife: the human experience of death; The circumnavigation of Scotland by Agricola's fleet in the early AD 80s: possible evidence from Dun Ardtreck, Skye; A diet of limpets?; New work by the Scotland's First Settlers Project; Event and process in the Scottish Viking Age.
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